ESB in the UK
For 25 years, ESB has operated as a leading independent generator in the UK and in recent years, invested £1.8bn in our developments there.
From Corby to Carrington
In 1993, ESB invested in the development of Corby power station in Northamptonshire - one of the first independent power plants constructed in the deregulated UK market. With a capacity of 350MW, it has enough power for a city the size of Nottingham. To improve efficiency and power output and to demonstrate our commitment to the local area, we carried out an upgrade of the gas turbines in 1999.
In the interim, we have diversified and invested significantly in the UK wind energy landscape with plants in West Durham, Fullabrook and Mynydd y Betws. Today, we continue to develop a pipeline of low carbon and renewable technologies.
Carrington Power Station, opened in 2016, is the latest addition to the company's generation portfolio and marked a £820m investment in our UK operations. The gas fired power station is one of the most efficient thermal plants in the UK at 58 per cent efficiency and has the ability to allow renewables such as wind and solar on its system at any given time.
We are currently constructing a new £190m renewable power facility at the Port of Tilbury, Essex. This marks ESB’s first investment in the UK’s biomass sector with the plant generating green electricity from waste wood.